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Cartridges 4 Planet Ark 03:46  
Congratulations Australia!
Through our hugely successful and innovative 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' program, we've already recycled more than 12 million printer cartridges! View Video ... >
Eco House 04:30  
The Eco House is a complete story where we follow a young couple on their journey to buy a block af land and then design and build their own Eco sustainable home. Ella is a fourth year architect student and Jesse has been building ever since he was young enough to swing a hammer View Video ... >
Storage Solutions 04:14  
Store commonly used food; cleaning or utility items in under bench roll out baskets. These also have add on baskets to increase there capacity and usable space.Modular, expanding and junk, drawer organisers are available in many types. Choose the right type for your circumstances and you may soon be able to find that long lost spoon or scissors that could never be found before. View Video ... >
Landscaping Sustainability 05:47  
The force of nature is massive and we need to harness that force for our advantage. Why build a house that is freezing in winter and boiling hot in summer when with a little forethought and understanding you could minimise those extremes within and around your home. View Video ... >
Bushfire Preparation 03:59  
Our desire to live close to nature means that many homes are built in areas that are at risk of bush fire. There are several elements that increase the bush fire risk to our properties and families, and it pays to assess and attempt to mitigate these risks well in advance. View Video ... >
Glass Types 03:56  
WERS rates the energy impact of residential windows in housing anywhere in Australia. With up to 40% of a homes energy for cooling or heating being lost or gained through windows, improving their thermal performance reduces energy costs and Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. View Video ... >
Solar Heat Pumps 04:30  
A heat pump is a different way to use renewable energy to heat water - that doesn't need solar panels! Heat pumps can save you a bundle of cash on your hot water bills, as they use approximately one third the energy of an electric water heater. Additionally, there's generous rebates available making them an extremely economical option! View Video ... >
Insulation 08:20  
Using insulation in the ceiling and walls of your home, and in some cases under the floor, will provide a number of benefits. Correctly installed insulation will make your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. View Video ... >
Cordless Drills 01:45  
Cordless drills,electric screwdrivers and power tools generally can be a very productive addition to your toolkit particularly when working or drilling in confined spaces. View Video ... >
Mitre Saws 02:02  
When choosing a mitre saw, blade size is one of the key factors. 8", 10", and 12" are the most common mitre saw sizes. The larger the diameter of the blade, the longer the cuts it can make. View Video ... >
Circular Saws 01:11  
Circular saws come in a few different sizes (based on the diameter of the saw blade), from 4" up to the most common size, 7-1/4". They also are typically rated by horsepower and/or RPMs of the saw blade. When choosing a circular saw, a good rule of thumb is to buy one that hashigher horsepower than other models of the same size. View Video ... >
Sanders 02:58  
The most common type of sander found on store shelves today - and easily the most versatile. The orbital part of the name comes from the action of the sanding disk. The random part comes from the elliptical motion the disk makes in addition to the orbit. The Black & Decker Mouse is probably the most prominent example of a random orbital sander. View Video ... >
Jigsaws 01:39  
A jigsaw's adjustable base plate allows the operator to make bevel cuts up to 90 degrees - essential for mitre cuts. A dust bag collects sawdust and prevents it from obscuring the cut line, as well as maintaining a cleaner, more pleasant working environment. View Video ... >

Mitre Saws

When choosing a mitre saw, blade size is one of the key factors. 8", 10", and 12" are the most common mitre saw sizes. The larger the diameter of the blade, the longer the cuts it can make.

The blade material will dertermine the types of use for the saw. Steel Blades are the least expensive and do well cutting softwood although they dull quickly on hardwood. High-Speed Steel Blades are a step up in hardness from steel blades and consequently stay sharp longer.

Carbide-Tipped Blades are the most expensive blades, but will stay sharp a good deal longer than steel or high-speed steel. They are best for hardwoods.

For extra safety, look for electric brakes. Electric Brakes transpose the electrical power's direction of flow in the motor upon release of the trigger. Reversing current halts the blade's momentum in as little as two seconds, compared with up to twelve seconds for a saw without them.

Other features to look for include:

  • Self-Retracting Blade Guards automatically lower to completely cover the blade when the saw is raised off the workpiece. They keep the guard free of the stock, so you have a better view of your cutting line, when the blade is at work.

  • Table Extensions that mount on the side of the saw to balance longer workpieces in order to give accurate cuts.

  • Factory pre-set points that enable precise cuts on specific angles are called Positive Stops. The more positive stops a saw has the less setup time you'll spend.

  • A large Dust Bag directly attached to the saw to collect sawdust. Weight- if you'll be taking the saw to multiple job sites, weight will be a factor to consider.
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  • Bushfire Preparation
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  • Solar Heat Pumps
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  • Mitre Saws
  • Circular Saws
  • Sanders
  • Jigsaws